This blog is by Perry Suojoki from Nokia Siemens Networks.
Tackle smartphone signaling with new Software Suite
Say hello to Joe. He’s just turned 17 and like most teenagers, he is virtually wedded to his smartphone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, online games, Joe loves it all. In fact he can’t live without it now that he uses it in class for school work and at home for assignments.*
But Joe has a problem. Yes, you guessed it – battery life. His phone just can’t keep up with all the usage that he wants to make of it. Since the first smartphones came on to the market, the sheer volume of signaling they generate has caused users headaches with every dreaded beep of low battery time. With smartphones now outselling feature phones** and dominating mobile traffic, signaling is a growing concern, in particular because of ‘always-on’ background applications and the fact that people are staying connected longer and using more services.***
The good news is that Joe’s operator can do something to make his smartphone experience better. Our latest additions to the Liquid Radio WCDMA Software Suite tackle the smartphone signaling issue head on. New features have been added, reducing the signaling load from radio to core networks by up to ten times, providing faster services like browsing and extending smartphone battery life.
The features include:
• Fast Dormancy Profiling identifies legacy fast dormancy smartphones connecting to the network and eliminates the unnecessary signaling they often create.
• Fast Cell PCH Switching enables the network to learn how specific smartphones are using the network’s services and shortcut the signaling process for rapid call set-up, faster response from mobile broadband services and reduced signaling.
• High Speed Cell FACH enables more smartphones to be supported on the network and provides faster services for subscribers with shorter set-up time.
Liquid Radio WCDMA Software Suite is part of a wider range of Liquid Radio solutions that also encompass GSM and LTE. All are field-proven, with more than a hundred operators using them to adapt network resources to meet unpredictable mobile broadband demand.
So now Joe and his friends can continue to tweet, update their profiles, check out the latest videos and still have battery power left for his homework assignments.
* Use of mobile technology in the classroom in on the rise. In the U.S. for example, the Verizon Foundation Survey on Middle School Students’ Use of Mobile Technology found that over one in three students report using smartphones (39%) and tablets (31%) to do homework. The survey was conducted in Oct 2012 by TRU and commissioned by the Verizon Foundation
** IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 1Q13, April 2013. In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 216.2 million units in 1Q13, which marked the first time more than half (51.6%) the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones, according to IDC.
*** Findings from the 2013 Acquisition & Retention Study Report from Nokia Siemens Networks, based on the results of 8,700 interviews of customers in mature markets (Denmark, South Korea, Japan, UK and US), in-transition markets (Brazil, Colombia and Russia) and emerging markets (India) during the second half of 2012.